Photo credit: Greg Hetherington.

A local conservation authority says there is a possibility of minor flooding due to rain and warm temperatures in the forecast.

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch with 10-20 mm of rainfall expected between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The rain and above-freezing temperatures are expected to expedite the snowmelt and elevate water levels, creating the potential for minor flooding in natural floodplain areas, parks and fields

While Petrolia, Alvinston and Wallaceburg areas have minimal snowpack, the conservation authority says forested and shaded locations continue to hold some snow. Areas near Warwick and Strathroy have a much higher snow-water equivalent due to significant snowpack.

Local residents are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to potentially dangerous conditions.